Future Le Mans hopeful Rebecca Jackson teams up with former British Touring Car Championship driver Chris James for Dubai 24
Team ES Racing
ES Racing entered the British Touring Car Championship in 2011, becoming an underdog sensation a season later in their currently brief BTCC career to date.
The squad came to the UK’s premier saloon championship in 2011 under Chris James, who had previously raced in the Mini Challenge before stepping up to the BTCC with is own ES Racing team, which entered with a single Chevrolet Lacetti.
The learning team and driver were backmarkers throughout 2011, but fortunes would improve in 2012 when ES Racing acquired two ex-Triple Eight Vauxhall Vectras, Clio Cup champion Dave Newsham also joining as the Independent team fought against the NGTC machinery with an S2000-specification outfit.
Newsham starred during the season despite that handicap by finishing ninth in the championship, claiming two victories along the way – more than Triple Eight themselves managed the previous season. ES Racing finished sixth in the championship in 2012 behind Triple Eight, before folding prior to the start of 2013 when Newsham left, despite the team hinting a return.
Frank Wrathall capped a day of firsts at Brands Hatch by taking his maiden win in a very wet final race of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at a gloomy Brands Hatch.
Matt Neal took his fifth win of the season at a wet opening race at Brands Hatch to haul himself right into the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title fight.
There are plans for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) to introduce a new S2000 award for the top performers in the older-specification cars in 2013.
After starting 20th after his retirement from the second race Jason Plato romped through the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) field to take a second win of the day at Silverstone.
A late race mechanical for Mat Jackson’s NGTC Ford Focus handed Jason Plato a comfortable win in the first British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) race of the day at Silverstone.
On a weekend potentially crucial to his hope of reclaiming the British Touring Car Championship crown Jason Plato dominated qualifying at Silverstone, scoring a bonus point for pole position as his heavily restricted title rivals toiled.
Dave Newsham took his first ever British Touring Car win with victory in the final race of the day at Snetterton.
Jason Plato took victory in the first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton to claw back points on his championship rivals.
Matt Neal won an action-packed opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park after polesitter Jason Plato failed to make the start.
Jason Plato took a dramatic pole position in an enthralling qualifying session for round four of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
While all the focus was on the impending championship fight between the top three Tom Onslow-Cole swept to pole position in his eBay Motors BMW for his first pole since Silverstone in 2010 when driving the Team Aon Ford Focus.
In a perfect role reversal from the day’s opening race a mechanical issue dropped Jason Plato out of a clear lead of race two, handing Mat Jackson a first victory for the Motorbase Performance built NGTC Ford Focus at the end of a stellar drive from 17th on the grid.
Dave Newsham repeated the success he enjoyed at Snetterton to win the final race of the day at Knockhill. Jeff Smith was an unlikely podium finisher in second place, with Matt Neal retaking the championship lead in third.
Thereâ€™s no other way about it, since the introduction of the NGTC regulation at the start of last year, the British Touring Car Championship has gone from strength to strength. The regulations havenâ€™t been met with total approval by everyone yet, but bigger grids and new cars in the championship can only be a good thing.